BASHED SYDNEY MUSICIAN FLIPS OVER ‘TRANNY TWO-UP’ GAME


Stephanie McCarthy Slams 'Tranny Two-Up' on Anzac Day

Most people don’t give a toss about games of two-up being played on Anzac Day.

After all, it is a time-honoured tradition among our war veterans, along with downing a cold, frothy beer (or several) and a tot or two of rum.

But a game of Tranny Two-up hosted by two drag queens at the Bank Hotel in Newtown, Sydney really put a transgender musician in a spin.

Stephanie McCarthy, who was bashed last year at the nearby Town Hall Hotel, took to social media, describing the decision to host the event as “real classy”.

News.com.au reported that Ms McCarthy said the game was taking place “50 metres from where I got bashed”.

In a comment left on the Bank Hotel’s Facebook page advertising the event, Ms McCarthy said: “This REALLY isn’t cool. 50 metres from where I got bashed, on a day when every young guy will be blind drunk.

“Letting these drunk young men know that it’s OK to use highly offensive slurs (slurs that were yelled at me when I was repeatedly getting punched in the head) is just so unbelievably irresponsible, some would say dangerous.

“But hey, as long as you have a great day financially, who cares right?”

The Bank Hotel has since said it will rename the entertainment next year.

“As a key venue in the Newtown community we pride ourselves on being welcoming and accessible to all,” the hotel said.

“We apologise to you that you felt disrespected by our pub’s celebrations.

“We originally started ‘tranny 2up’ in past years because it reflected the diverse culture of Newtown. We will rename our entertainment on ANZAC Day in 2017 in order to cause no further disrespect.”

Ms McCarthy thanked them for their response, saying it was “much appreciated”.

For the attack last year, in which her face was left bloodied and bruised, two men eventually pleaded guilty.

At the time, Ms McCarthy said the men pulled her hair and called her “a faggot” before punching her.

“They allowed a woman to be brutally beaten, and violence against women is not OK,” Ms McCarthy said.

“This is not a women’s issue, or a transgender issue, or a gay or lesbian issue — this is everyone’s issue.”